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Left to Die

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Lindy Greene's life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn't even like babies. Nathan Thomas can't find balance. C ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Lakeside Publications (first published January 2017)
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Kate Willis
I picked this up with the intention of reading a few pages. You know, just to check it out and see if it was any good. I read the first third that night and finished it the next morning. I didn’t even have time to crow about it on Goodreads. In other words, it was good. ;) As soon as sweet Jia-Bo entered the story, you couldn’t pay me to quit reading. She was such a darling little fighter, and I cheered Lindy on as she worked her hardest to save her. (All the medical jargon was pretty cool, and ...more
Victoria Lynn
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I had been wanting to read Ivy’s book for quite a while. My sisters had both read it before me an I had been eyeing it with longing every time I turned on my kindle. I finally got the chance in the last month and I am so thankful I read this little volume. It is probably the best novella I have read to date. It is not easy to create a story in such a short word count and make it satisfying to the readers. Ivy nailed it.
The characters were so sweet, but human and I related a lot with eac
*clutches heart* *wipes away tears*

Oh. My. Goodness. What a beautiful story. I sniffled until I was borderline-crying, I smiled until my face heart, and I laugh with joy at the happy moments.

After reading Ivy Rose's first published work (The Old River Road) back last summer, I could hardly wait to read another and jumped at the chance to review Left to Die. I was not disappointed in the least. Although a vastly different storyline, this book was just as lovely – just as touching. Maybe even mo
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.
Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his paren
This book grabbed me from the moment I first picked it up, and I started and finished it in less than a day (a record time for me with any story this length!). It was so sweet, heartwarming, and touching, to read a story about an abandoned Chinese baby girl with bad asthma and club feet, who nobody wants...not even the American missionary girl who finds her in a heap of fly-infested garbage. What I especially loved too was how seamlessly and naturally both Lindy and Nathan slipped into the whole ...more
Rebekah Morris
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew this was a shorter story, so wasn't expecting it to take me very long to read. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was longer than I had thought. I was pulled into the story right away and my heart cried over Jia, but especially over the other children in the orphanage Lindy visited. There is a bit of sweet guy and girl interest, but that's not the focus of the story and it was all done tastefully. One thing I appreciated about this book was the talk about God's ways and how we ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I love love love this book! Ivy Rose is an inspiring, compelling writer! While I can see room for improvement with the writing, story-wise, this book is AMAZING! I mean seriously, a baby, a missionary nurse, and medical issues, what could go wrong?

The description was stellar, the characters were amazing and compelling, and it was just amazing! I wish there was a sequel, or it was a series!!! Well done, Ivy Rose!! :)

Recommended for all ages, although younger children may not completely grasp th
Paul Willis
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was awesome!
Libby May
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-stars, i-own
I enjoyed this book.

Umm, I didn't exactly ever connect with the characters, though I did love Jia.
Nathan seemed a side character until he was needed in the last couple chapters, so his and Lindy's relationship felt a lot more forced than it was supposed to be, like a telling and not showing, and was hard to believe. When we got to know the guy though, I did come to like him.

There was no useful information for my research for foster care and adoption, they were only mentioned in passing, lots
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Wow, this book was amazing! I loved it so much. *grins* Lindy has such a sweet personality which made this book very pleasant to read. There is so much tenderness and emotion that was put into the story that made it simply beautiful.

I just have to mention the end as well. ; ) WOW, it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. It made me so happy.

I really liked the authors writing style and I would recommend this to anyone!

I wasn't quiet sure what I was getting into when I read this. After all, I'm not really into baby's ether, (Me and the main character had something in common!) But I quickly got into it.
The first thing that really struck me was that I appreciated how Lindys parents were actually present and a part of her life. It was nice.
I was very hesitant to like Nathan at first. I mean, dropping out of collage and then going to live back with his parents and having no real purpose in life, kinda made me no
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews

I wasn't sure about this novel. I've never read a book about missionaries (unless you count the Bible), and I was pretty convinced I wouldn't enjoy it (mostly because these kind of things really make me feel guilty). I was a bit nervous, to say the least. But this was a sensational book that has earned a place amongst my favorites.

Plot {5/5}:

The plot was fantastic! It all unfolded so beautifully and was perfect and amazing and wonderful and - *kicks self* It
Just Commonly
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
“God, this is crazy. . .” (85)

"Why do You let them be abandoned in the first place, Lord?" (84)

An issue dear to my heart as it is to the author, Ivy Rose, Left to Die is about God's calling in our lives, as it is in bringing to light the tragedy of child abandonment, and the often grueling adoption process. Sometimes it's hard to imagine what the world is like where babies and children are left to fend for themselves, but it can happen anywhere. Having traveled to China, and knowing missionaries
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Left to Die" is an amazing book! The story follows the life of Lindy Greene, a young missionary nurse who lives with her family in China. Believing that she knows what her life's plans will look like, she is fine with being in China and serving those around her- until she makes a startling discovery that rocks her entire world. When Lindy discoverers an abandoned baby in a trashcan one day, she is plunged into an area of life that she hadn't planned on at all. Through it all, however, Lindy and ...more
Abigayle Claire
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my second time reading this book and I loved it just as much as I did the first time! The tragedy of abandonment and reality of adoption in China are present among the bittersweet experiences Lindy has to face with baby Jia. I loved reading about the little baby surviving on miracles and Lindy and Nathan's independent struggles with trying to fulfill God's calling for their lives. A very compelling and tender read on an issue dear to the author's own heart!
Emily Sinclair
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not only were the characters believable and the story riveting, I found "Left to Die" with a wonderful message of how sometimes God calls us to places for not the reasons we think, but for things we believe we cannot desire since its not his will.

With apt descriptions of China and what the child situation over there is truly like, this book is heartbreaking and heartwarming, all at the same time. Lindy is a character easy to relate to as she strives to follow God's will, only to find God's will
Jesseca Wheaton
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*note* I was a beta-reader for this book, so my review may be a bit biased. (But I don't think it is. ;))
After having read Ivy's first book, and really enjoying it, I was looking forward to reading this. I wasn't disappointed! In fact, I enjoyed this more than her first book. It is a novella, but it felt like the perfect length. the ending didn't seemed rushed in the least, and I was kept anxiously wondering what would happen to little Jia. And inwardly lecturing Lindy throughout most of it.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, did I ever enjoy this book! This author is quite talented at weaving an interesting story with Biblical lessons in it. I was reminded several times of how much I do need to trust God and I related to the main character, Lindy, a lot.

What I Liked: Lindy, Nathan, and sweet Jia were wonderful. I didn't want the story to end. As I said above, the character I related most to was Lindy. She had her whole life planned out, but when God brings along "detours", so to speak, He begins to reveal His r
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A concise, cleverly written, beautiful story about the beauty of motherhood, the value of human life, and following God’s plan…Left to Die was a wonderfully constructed story full of elaborate character arcs and deep themes, and I enjoyed it from page one. I felt it was a perfect length—I’m not sure whether or not this is officially considered a novella but it felt around that length and anyway it was just a perfect length for this story.

The story focuses around Lindy, a young woman living as a
Sunny Houk
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Everytime Jia got sick; my heart began to race. Please don't die, Jia. This book reminds me a lot about a movie I heard of. I can't remember a lot about it but this book has a vibe to it. So helpful, I know. I love books that point out world issues that we usually avoid. One of my new favorites.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet story! I loved every word of it. "Left to Die" is an inspiring and compelling story that is sure to keep you turning pages. :)
It wad okay. The romance seemed a bit forced. The characters weren’t very deep either.
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Hailey is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. Armed with a desire to make scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. Two of her novels have been independently published. As a chronic illness warrior, Hailey eagerly encourages others to find joy no matter what the circumstances. In her free ...more
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